SPP Workforce Survey

Society of Pediatric Psychology Workforce Survey FAQs

Who is eligible to complete the survey?

Full members of APA Div. 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology, will receive an email invitation to complete the survey that will include an individualized hyperlink. The first few items will confirm whether or not you are eligible. If you think you are eligible but did not receive an e-mail invitation, please contact Karen Roberts.

How long does it take to complete it?

Extensive pre-testing indicates that survey completion typically takes 15-20 minutes depending on the complexity of one’s employment situation. It must be completed within one session.

What does the survey cover?

The survey seeks information about each respondent’s demographic characteristics, training, years of experience, employment setting and responsibilities, academic rank, base salary, other compensation, community service and employment satisfaction.

If you are interested in analyzing specific aspects of the survey data, please see the survey preview (PDF, 220KB). This is not the actual survey and cannot be filled out or submitted.

How was the survey developed?

The survey was developed on the Survey Gizmo platform by a 14-member SPP Task Force on the Pediatric Psychology Workforce Study with consultation provided by Peggy Christidis, PhD, and Karen Stamm, PhD, of the APA Center for Workforce Studies. Several iterations of the survey were developed, pilot-tested and refined before the development process concluded. Many SPP members provided feedback about successive drafts of the survey. The survey was designed to collect extensive useful information without undue respondent burden and with careful attention to confidentiality issues.

Has the survey been reviewed and approved by an IRB?

The survey was reviewed and approved by Nemours IRB 1 (IRB# 00000998; Federal-Wide Assurance # 00000293) and that IRB will maintain jurisdiction over this project indefinitely. The project was approved with a waiver of the documentation of informed consent since voluntary completion and submission of the survey by well-informed adults is equivalent to providing informed consent.

How is confidentiality protected?

The survey includes no identifying information, but individuals could potentially be identifiable from their demographic characteristics if the survey results were somehow revealed. Therefore, survey results will be saved in a secure password-protected server managed by DataCore Systems. Access to raw survey data will be limited to a three-member SPP Workforce Survey Committee and will be restricted to specified data uses that are approved by the committee. No other individuals will be allowed to receive or inspect the raw survey results. Data will be reported in journal articles and reports made available to the SPP Board and membership only in aggregated form. Data will be reported only if the cell size is 10 or greater. Respondents are free to skip most items if they wish, as only a few are required.

Who is managing the survey?

Administration of the survey and data management is the charge of a three-member Workforce Survey Committee, composed of the SPP Past-President (Tim Wysocki, PhD, until December, 2015) and two appointed members (currently Cheryl Brosig Soto, PhD, until December, 2016 and Marisa Hilliard, PhD, until December, 2017), each of whom served on the Workforce Study task force. The members of this committee will be the only people with access to the raw survey data and they will prepare the survey reports.

Where will the data be stored?

The data will be stored on a secure, password-protected server maintained by DataCore Systems, the same company that archives all of the Division 54/SPP data and documents.

How can members learn the results?

The results will be reported on the SPP website and in journal articles appearing in one of the society’s journals. A basic structured report consisting of descriptive statistics and tabular aggregated data will be posted as soon as possible after the survey administration is complete. More detailed inferential analyses are likely to be reported in journal articles, in presentations at the SPP annual conference and through other outlets.

Can members propose additional analyses of the results?

A fundamental objective of this project is to facilitate research on pediatric psychology workforce issues. In addition to research conducted by members of the Workforce Survey Committee, any SPP member can propose additional analyses, either for internal decision making purposes at their own institutions, or for the purpose of generating and disseminating new knowledge about our profession. If the required analyses are reasonably simple, they will be done and reported back to the requester without charge. If it is necessary to engage a statistician, the Workforce Survey Committee will submit a request to the SPP board to pay for these services. If the board concludes that the requested analysis does not represent a prudent use of SPP funds, the requester will be expected to provide payment before the requested analysis will be completed.

Why should members complete the survey?

There is no source of similar data available that is specific to the profession of pediatric psychology. The results of the survey will be a valuable resource for institutions, administrators and individual pediatric psychologists to make empirically justifiable decisions about compensation and employment responsibilities of pediatric psychologists. The greater the proportion of SPP members who complete the survey, the more credible the resulting data will be.

The Task Force on the Pediatric Psychology Workforce Study included:

Tim Wysocki, PhD, ABPP, Nemours Children’s Health System (chair)*
F. Daniel Armstrong, PhD, ABPP, University of Miami
Cynthia Berg, PhD, University of Utah
Ronald W. Blount, PhD, ABPP, University of Georgia
Cheryl Brosig Soto, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin*
Michael Harris, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University
Marisa Hilliard, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital*
Astrida Kaugars, PhD, Marquette University
Jessica Kichler, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Anna Maria Patino-Fernandez, PhD, Private Practice
Jennifer Shroff Pendley, PhD, ABPP, Nemours-Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
Michael Rapoff, PhD, University of Kansas
Paul Robins, PhD, ABPP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Jessica Valenzuela, PhD, Nova Southeastern University
Karen Stamm, PhD, APA Center for Workforce Studies
Peggy Christidis, PhD, APA Center for Workforce Studies

*Member of the SPP Workforce Study Committee that succeeded the task force


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